You ever hear that guy talk? He's a total meathead, and he rips the fans every chance he gets.
Its funny how when somebody has a comment that contradicts what someone says on this board that its considered "trolling." Really??
The Bears beat up crappy teams this past year, and got destroyed whenever they played a good team.
Urlacher's leadership and ability to call the defensive plays in the huddle is highly overrated. You ever hear that guy talk?
He was one piece of a good defense that never brought this city a Super Bowl. Every 3-4 years the Bears get a weak schedule, and then they make a run. Right up until they play the good franchises in this league, and then they get exposed for what they really are. Average.The only thing I know and it's been posted on here many times, is the Bears record without him is woefully different and with him, and if you want to point the finger and blame the defense that's your opinion, but certainly isn't mine.
That right there nails it Mongo. IMO Urlacher hurried back for all the right reasons last year yet I believe he's got another good to great year under his belt at least. (Though we need to address his replacement now). As for his ability to make defensive calls that CAN NOT be underestimated.Urlacher had ZERO offseason to do his normal training, he was rehabbing pretty much before the end of the previous season all the way up until the first regular season game of this past season. At the end of that rehab and right before the season, he had to have his knee scoped. Our retiring strength coach has recently said that Urlacher's offseason workout habits were as consistent and intense as anybody as he has seen. He couldn't do his normal offsesaon routine and at his age, that becomes crucial to continuing to play at a high level. While he may not have been as good as in the past, he definitely wasn't a "liability" because the defense was playing as good, if not better than it ever has. Mongo made this point somewhere else and I have no proof of it but I truly believe if he was playing against the Vikings the second time we win that game.
They weren't afraid to dispense with even great players before they were totally done I.E. Jerry Rice--that it's a business and business decisions for the good of the team come first.Mainwolf, I completely agree with this sentiment, but only on well run franchises with good GM's. If JA or Emery had drafted a MLB (JA more than Emery) years ago that they could have developed to be a replacement than it may be time for Urlacher to go. The problem is, they haven't and there is no immediate solution. When the 49ers of the 90's let guys go before the were completely incapable of playing anymore, they had a viable solution in place. When they let Rice go, Owens was ready to be the #1 guy. When they let Montana go, Young was ready to be the #1 guy. This is why I don't think Urlacher falls into this category. You let him go and you have no one ready to be that guy. If Emery or Trestman think Roach is that guy, they will not be employed very long. If Trestman can get Urlacher to buy-in, he gets the whole defense to buy-in and for a team looking to make a run next year, that would be huge. For this reason, I think they bring him back. The only roadblock was Urlacher wanting to much money and he appears to have taken that down. Also, if Trestman or Emery need any proof of the value and motivating emotional factors of an aging MLB looking to make one last run eventhough his play has significantly dropped off from what it used to be, they need to look no further than Ray Lewis and the Ravens this past season.
Say what you will Urlacher and his diminished skills are better than anyone else the Bears have...still...14 years in a row.
In fact, Tucker even plans on keeping the same terminology in place so players will have fewer adjustments to make. Tucker made it clear he thinks it’s all about players and stresses communication, from offseason to on-field.
“Input from the players is huge,” Tucker said. “They are on the field. That’s the chemistry part of it. Communication is huge. You have to have that. You want to encourage players to give you feedback.”
Asked about the future of Brian Urlacher,Tucker said, “We’re still in the evaluation process. We’ll go through that at some point.”
The 34-year old middle linebacker has an expiring contract, and he isn’t the only defensive player Tucker and the Bears need to make decisions on. Others whose deals are up include defensive linemen Henry Melton and Israel Idonije, linebacker Nick Roach and cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden and D.J. Moore.
“In terms of personnel, who is going to be here, who’s not going to be here, I don’t know that,” Tucker said. “We are still in the evaluation process. There is still time to figure those things out.”
Tucker also was noncommittal on where Shea McClellin may play in the future, but he was firmly committed to a 4-3 defense.
“We don’t have any plans to switch at this point,” he said.
Good move by Tucker. If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it. I am assuming when he says " attacking, up the field, penetrating defense " that means he will be sticking with the 1 gap so Melton gets to play the 3T. It sounds like Urlacher's status is still up in the air. I think they will resign him though.
This one is about the possibility of tagging Melton...
The Chicago Bears can play tag with Henry Melton beginning on Monday, a measure that would ensure the defensive tackle remains in place for 2013.
NFL teams have from Monday through March 4, a 15-day window, to apply the franchise tag in advance of free agency and the start of the new league year on March 12. Barring a multi-year contract for Melton, it seems like a good bet general manager Phil Emery will elect to use the franchise tag for the second consecutive year after applying it to running back Matt Forte in 2012. Doing so could lock up nearly one-third of the team’s salary cap in four defensive stars, though.
The goal with Forte was to sign him to a long-term contract and the sides hammered that out with a four-year deal before the July deadline. Emery could choose a similar path with Melton, who would be guaranteed $8.3 million if he is tagged and he signs the one-year tender.
Melton had a career-high seven sacks in 2011 and followed up with six in 2012 but he was a much more complete player this past season and made the Pro Bowl for the first time. He defended the run better and finished with 33 tackles, a team-high 24 quarterback pressures, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker unveiled his vision on Thursday for an “attacking, penetrating front” while maintaining the Cover Two scheme the Bears used the previous nine seasons under Lovie Smith. That defense will not work effectively without a disruptive three-technique, the type of player the 26-year-old Melton has developed into since being selected as a defensive end in the fourth round in 2009.
The Bears declined to talk about any personnel goals on Thursday and Emery could be waiting to connect with Melton’s agent Jordan Woy at the NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis. Late in the season, Melton characterized contract talks between the parties as “back and forth.” He told the Tribune he believes he is the top interior 4-3 lineman in the league.
“We're still playing the 4-3 … there is not another better D-tackle in the league than myself," Melton said. "I feel like that."
Carving out $8.3 million for Melton will give the Bears a considerable amount of their salary cap in four defensive players. The Bears currently have $31.8 million in cap room devoted to three defensive players – end Julius Peppers ($16,383,333), cornerback Charles Tillman ($8 million) and linebacker Lance Briggs ($7,416,670). Adding Melton, the team’s fourth Pro Bowl defensive player, at $8.3 million would push the cap hit for the four players to $40.1 million – almost one-third of the team’s cap space.
There are ways for the Bears to create more space. Tillman, who turns 32 next week, is in the final year of his contract. If the club chose to extend him, it could lower his cap figure. The Bears could always consider a restructure for Peppers but doing that would only push forward the issue.
Sounds like the Bears may take a similar approach to the one they did with Forte. Tag Melton and buy time until the July deadline to work out a long term deal. Hopefully, without the ugliness in the media this time... That would also buy time for the Bears to possibly restructure Peppers and extend Tillman to more cap friendly contracts.
That could be the way to go, put the Melton contract aside and address it after the draft when the frenzy of March and April are complete.
Brian Urlacher has been a bona fide HOF linebacker. He revelutionized the MLB spot as a coverage LB. Nobody has covered the middle of the field like he has before he came along and nobody has since hes been in the league. He has also been amazing against the run. Just look at the Bears ranking in run defense during his tenure. Hes done it with big DTs who protected him from linement and hes done it with smaller faster DTs that alow linemen to get to him. Because he is white he has gotten scurtinized by the media. Making many overated lists. I cant recall one time Urlacher gained any advantage in being white. When he won the DPY he clearly deserved it. Unlike Palamalu. Every pro bowl hes made was well deserved. He has NEVER been a liability on the field even the past couple of seasons when he got hurt. So any argument against Urlachers career is not racist its just stupid.
Well said bigrob. Never thought I would ever think being white was a handicap to being considered good at anything.It only is when idiots like Irish Hooligan bring it up. I don't give a crap what race you are, if you can play, you can play and if you can play at a high level, I personally am glad to have you on the Bears regardless of race. To say someone is the best "white" MLB or "black" MLB is really an insult to the player. For 14 years, Urlacher has been one of the best LB's in football regardless of race and anyone who doesn't see that, knows very little about football.